NEW YORK — There have been nights when Aaron Boone has found himself staring at a ceiling, mulling the couldas, wouldas and shouldas of another season in which the Yankees’ stated goal of a World Series championship will go unfulfilled. They absorbed a handful of gut-wrenching defeats, sure, but more frequently, his club looked ordinary at a time when more was expected.
“You have games that you look back on every now and then,” Boone said recently. “There’s always those games in the course of 162. But for us, it’s been, we weren’t consistent for long enough.”
The Yankees were eliminated from postseason contention Sunday afternoon, now shifting their outlook toward the 2024 season with a 7-1 loss to the D-backs at a raw and soggy Yankee Stadium. This marks the Yanks’ first time missing the playoffs since 2016.
With the Yanks’ record at 78-77, their remaining seven contests will see them try to keep alive a streak of winning records that has extended for 30 consecutive seasons (since 1993).
Carlos Rodón started for the Yankees and permitted a pair of first-inning runs before finding his groove, facing the minimum in innings two through six. Tommy Pham and Christian Walker lifted a pair of sacrifice flies in the first inning off Rodón, who was chased by Evan Longoria’s two-run single in the seventh.
New York’s offense was dormant against Zac Gallen, who held the Yanks to three hits and two walks over six innings.